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450-500 cyclists expected to visit Mathews this weekend

This weekend is shaping up to be the biggest year for the Tour de Chesapeake since Mathews took over sponsorship of the annual bicycling event from Bike Virginia in 2011.

“We have 317 cyclists signed up at this time and expect anywhere from 450-500 total at the event,” said event director Lynda Smith Greve. The county, along with the Mathews Visitor and Information Center and the Mathews Land Conservancy, are teaming up to host the 17th annual Tour de Chesapeake on Saturday.

The event will welcome bicyclists from around the state and beyond for a weekend of flat scenic cycling, local food, toe-tapping music, and nice, down-home folks to help with whatever is needed, a release stated.

There are a number of free activities open to the public that are being held in conjunction with this year’s tour. “We want to make sure Mathews folks get in on the fun, too,” Greve said.

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